Teesdale Special Flora Trust: The wild flowers of Svalbard

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This illustrated talk by Dr Geoff Herbert LRPS focuses on the wild flowers of Svalbard and their similarity to the arctic/alpine plants of Northern Britain.

The Svalbard archipelago lies at a latitude of 80degrees N, deep within the arctic circle, and has an interesting arctic/alpine flora. Some plants, such as the Svalbard poppy, have a range restricted to Svalbard, Greenland and Northern Norway, but some have a range which extends as far south as Teesdale and other parts of Northern England. These southern plants are surviving relics from the melting of the glaciers about 10,000 years ago.

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